I encourage parents
to stay for the art classes. While we
are being creative, parents could enjoy a cold drink or coffee. I also encourage parents to stand back and
allow their children to do their own thinking, problem solving and
exploring. It is through mistakes that
children (and adults) truly learn.
“It’s the Process not the product” – MaryAnn Kohl .
will get dirty
will have fun
will be left to figure things out on their own with selective guidance
will be in a safe environment
them in old clothes
If you stay for a
coffee during the art classes you might be tempted to help your child. This is not forbidden. This behaviour might however rob your child
of the opportunity to figure it out for themselves. Allowing children to find their own solutions
to problems will help them as adults to do the same.
Childhood is a time
of exploration. It is a time for children to find out about themselves and the
world. They need to start taking risks
in a safe environment. It is a time for
children to be encouraged to express themselves in a constructive and creative
way. It is a time for children to
explore the language of art when verbal language skills may be limited.
One way to
encourage self-expression in children is to use art materials. Self-expression
through manipulation of materials engages children in ways that allow them to
take risks that can enhance self-esteem.
They do this by learning how to manipulate the materials.
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= Self-Expression = Confidence.
It is very
fulfilling for children to express themselves freely. This aids in nurturing their emotional
What's important to
remember in any creative activity is the process of self-expression.
This again helps children to express and cope
with their feelings.
creative children also learn to be more confident, trying out new ideas which
again lead to problem solving skills.
Importantly each child is unique in their own way.
In order to foster the creative process, encourage your
children to make their own choices. Give them frequent opportunities and lots
of time to experience and explore expressive materials. What your children
learn during the creative process is most important. Show your support for the
creative process by appreciating and offering support for your children's
Creative play is expressed when children use familiar
materials in new or unusual ways, and when children engage in role playing and
imaginative play. Play also helps children express and cope with their
feelings. Play helps develop each child's unique perspective and individual
style of creative expression.
Ref.: PBS on
the value of creative play